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February 9, 2021

How to Loom Knit a Twisted Brioche Slouchy Tam

Inside: Get the free loom knit Twisted Brioche Slouchy Tam pattern and watch the tutorial video. This two-color brioche hat is reversible and sized for adults.

Show off your style this winter with a hat that stands out from the rest!

The Twisted Brioche Slouchy Tam is double knit in the round on the KB Rotating Double Knit Loom. The brioche pops as the contrast color peeks out between the columns of the main color. Brioche is always gorgeous, but adding in a few rounds of twisted stitches makes it even more special.

Twisted brioche slouchy tam shown in red/green and gray/red
See how it looks with different color combos. That’s the same red yarn!

You are about to hear comments like:

“Where did you get that amazing hat?”

“You did NOT make that yourself!”

“There is NO way you that made on a knitting loom!?!”

Seriously, you guys. I’ve been designing patterns for years and I keep staring at it and grinning like a kid and saying, “I can’t believe how gorgeous it turned out!” I’m absolutely giddy over this hat!

The Twisted Brioche Slouchy Tam is sized to fit adults and looks great pushed back like a traditional slouchy hat or tip it to the side like a classic beret. 

This hat is reversible, but the cable twists are only on the outside of the tam.  The inside of the hat shows the colors in reverse with a contrasting brim.

Inside of tam shows reversed colors and contrast brim
Hat shown in reverse with optional pom pom. Love that contrast brim!

Twisted Brioche Slouchy Tam Pattern

By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:

MATERIALS

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Yarn  

Premier Everyday Soft Worsted (4 oz/113 g; 203 yds/186 m)
Color A Mist (Gray) (100-23) 1 ball
Color B Really Red (100-07) 1 ball

Loom
7/16″ small gauge double knit round loom with 52 pegs
Knitting Board 52 peg Rotating Double Knit Loom used in sample.

Stitch markers
Measuring tape
Tapestry needle
Row counter

Tam shown with Rotating Double Knit Loom

ABBREVIATIONS
Rem = Remain(ing)
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)

For a refresher on loom knitting basics see the blog posts below to get started:
13 Questions for Beginner Loom Knitters
How to Loom Knit Basics
How to Loom Knit Basic Stitch Patterns
How to Loom Knit in the Round

SKILL LEVEL Intermediate+

SIZE Adult 

NOTES 

This pattern is written to work counter-clockwise. When shifting stitches directions are written referring to right and left.  You may work this pattern clockwise, but must reverse all pattern instructions for the twist stitches and cable wrapping technique.

Stockinette Cast On – Place slip knot on first peg of OUTSIDE loom.  Wrap around the first peg of the INSIDE loom in a U shape.  Do NOT Ewrap the pegs for this cast on!  Bring working yarn back to front and wrap Peg 2 of the OUTSIDE loom. Continue around the loom wrapping the pegs in order from outside to inside.  Note: Your wrapped loom should look like the yarn snakes around the pegs in a continuous S shape.  Your yarn should not cross over itself.

Chunky Open Rib Stitch (Brim) –

  1. SETUP: Beginning with Peg 2, move every other loop to the peg before on OUTSIDE loom only.  Move loop on Peg 2 to Peg 1, from Peg 4 to Peg 3, etc. around the loom. This leaves 2 loops on every other peg with an empty peg between.  Leave the loops on the inside loom alone.
  2. ROUND 1: The Chunky Rib is created by wrapping around the loom 2 times as follows:
    1. Wrap Peg 1 on the outside then Peg 3 on the inside loom.  Next wrap Peg 3 on the outside loom followed by Peg 5 on the inside. Continue wrapping every other peg on both the inside and outside. NOTE: On the outside loom always wrap the pegs with loops not the empty pegs. When finished the outside loom has 3 loops on every other peg. Do not knit over any of the loops.
    2. Wrap the loom again beginning with Peg 1 on the outside to Peg 2 on the inside loom.  Next wrap from Peg 3 on the outside loom to Peg 4 on the inside. Continue wrapping every other peg on both the inside and outside. NOTE: On the outside loom always wrap the pegs with loops not the empty pegs. When finished the outside loom has 4 loops on every other peg and the inside has 2 loops on every peg
    3. Knit the bottom 2 loops over top 2 loops on the outside loom and bottom loop over top loop on the inside loom. Do nothing to the empty pegs on the outside loom. This completes Round 1.

Stockinette Stitch – Wrap yarn around first peg of OUTSIDE loom.  Wrap around the first peg of the INSIDE loom in a U shape.  Do NOT Ewrap the pegs!  Bring working yarn back to front and wrap Peg 2 of the OUTSIDE loom. Continue around loom wrapping the pegs in order from outside to inside.  

Twisted Brioche Slouchy Tam INSTRUCTIONS

Place marker on peg 1 for beginning of rnd. With A, cast on all pegs with Stockinette Cast On. Lay anchor yarn.

Hat Brim:

Knit Brim using Chunky Open Rib Stitch. Follow instructions above for SETUP.

Round 1: Wrap loom in Chunky Open Rib stitch as detailed above. Knit the bottom 2 loops over top 2 loops on the outside loom and bottom loop over top loop on the inside loom.

Rounds 2-6: Rep Round 1 five more times.

Hat Body:

Prepare to work Stockinette Stitch by moving loop from Peg 1 to Peg 2. Repeat moving top loop from odd pegs to even pegs. All pegs now have 1 loop each.

Round 7: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette stitch.  Knit over all sts.

twisted brioche slouchy tam close up
Close up of the brioche twisted stitches.

Brioche Instructions:

Leave the working yarn between the first and last pegs of the loom.  Do not cut.

Switch to Color B by placing a slip knot on Peg 1 of the OUTSIDE loom.

Round 8: With Color B wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of INSIDE loom.

Round 9: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of OUTSIDE loom.

Rounds 10-23: Repeat Rounds 8-9 seven times. NOTE: On last repeat wrap loosely as you will be twisting (moving) stitches in the next round.

[Each Round 8 works Color B on the inside of the hat while Round 9 works color A on the outside. These 2 rounds together complete a full round of the brioche stitch.] 

Tug brim as needed to bring your work down between the looms.

Cable Twist Brioche 1 (Starts on Peg 2):

Round 24:

Color A Setup Twist: Moves only OUTSIDE loom peg stitches.  

  1. Skip Peg 1. Work in pairs, starting with Pegs 2 & 3. 
  2. Pick up loop on right peg and leave on loom tool.  
  3. Next, pick up the loop on the left peg and place it on the peg to the right. 
  4. Place the remaining loop on the empty (left) peg. 
  5. Continue working Steps 2-4 on peg pairs until all outside loops have been twisted. NOTE: The last loops to twist are the last peg and Peg 1. Do NOT twist any loops on the inside loom. 

With Color B, wrap Peg 1 of outside loom then peg 1 on inside loom. Work in pairs beginning with Pegs 2 & 3. Wrap the loom using the right cable wrapping technique as follows:

  1. Wrap right peg of outside loom then left peg of inside loom.
  2. Wrap left peg of outside loom then right peg of inside loom. 
  3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on peg pairs until 2 pegs remain. 
  4. Wrap last peg on the outside loom then last peg on the inside loom. 
  5. Pick up loop from 1st peg of the outside loom, move the loop from the last peg on the outside loom and place it on the 1st peg. Place picked up loop onto the last peg.  All stitches are now ready. 
  6. Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of INSIDE loom.

Round 25: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of OUTSIDE loom.

Round 26: With Color B wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of INSIDE loom.

Round 27: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of OUTSIDE loom.

Rounds 28-37: Repeat Rounds 26-27 five times ending after Round 27. NOTE: On last repeat wrap loosely as you will be twisting (moving) stitches in the next round.

Cable Twist Brioche 2 (starts on Peg 1):

Round 38:

Color A Setup Twist: Moves only OUTSIDE loom peg stitches.  

  1. Working in pairs, starting with pegs 1 & 2.
  2. Pick up loop on right peg and leave on tool. Pick up loop on right peg and leave on loom tool.  
  3. Next, pick up the loop on the left peg and place it on the peg to the right. 
  4. Place the remaining loop on the empty (left) peg. 
  5. Continue working Steps 2-4 on peg pairs until all outside loops have been twisted. NOTE: The last twist will be complete on the 2 pegs of the round. Do NOT twist any loops on the inside loom. 

With Color B wrap the loom with right cable wrapping technique working in pairs starting with Pegs 1 and 2 as follows: 

  1. Wrap right peg of outside loom then left peg of inside loom.
  2. Wrap left peg of outside loom then right peg of inside loom. 
  3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on all peg pairs.
  4. Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of INSIDE loom.

Round 39: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of OUTSIDE loom.

Round 40: With Color B wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of INSIDE loom.

Round 41: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of OUTSIDE loom.

Rounds 42-51: Repeat Rounds 40-41 five times ending after Round 41. NOTE: On last repeat wrap loosely as you will be twisting (moving) stitches in the next round.

Cable Twist Brioche 1 (starts on Peg 2):

Round 52:

Color A Setup Twist: Moves only OUTSIDE loom peg stitches.  

  1. Skip Peg 1. Work in pairs, starting with Pegs 2 & 3. 
  2. Pick up loop on right peg and leave on loom tool.  
  3. Next, pick up the loop on the left peg and place it on the peg to the right. 
  4. Place the remaining loop on the empty (left) peg. 
  5. Continue working Steps 2-4 on peg pairs until all outside loops have been twisted. NOTE: The last loops to twist are the last peg and Peg 1. Do NOT twist any loops on the inside loom. 

With Color B, wrap Peg 1 of outside loom then peg 1 on inside loom. Work in pairs beginning with Pegs 2 & 3. Wrap the loom using the right cable wrapping technique as follows:

  1. Wrap right peg of outside loom then left peg of inside loom.
  2. Wrap left peg of outside loom then right peg of inside loom. 
  3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on peg pairs until 2 pegs remain. 
  4. Wrap last peg on the outside loom then last peg on the inside loom. 
  5. Pick up loop from 1st peg of the outside loom, move the loop from the last peg on the outside loom and place it on the 1st peg. Place picked up loop onto the last peg.  All stitches are now ready. 
  6. Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of INSIDE loom.

Round 53: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of OUTSIDE loom.

Round 54: With Color B wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of INSIDE loom.

Round 55: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of OUTSIDE loom.

Rounds 56-63: Repeat Rounds 54-55 four times ending after Round 55. 

twisted brioche slouchy tam crown
Hat crown fit for a queen!

Shape Top (crown):

Color A Setup Decrease: 

  1. OUTSIDE loom – Beginning with Peg 2, move every other loop to the peg before.  Move loop on Peg 2 to Peg 1, from Peg 4 to Peg 3, etc. around the loom.  There will be 2 loops on all odd numbered pegs.
  2. INSIDE loom – Working in pairs, Starting with Peg 1 pick up loop and hold with finger or a second tool. Pick up both loops and place on Peg 1. Place held loop back on Peg 1. There are now 4 loops on all odd numbered pegs on the inside loom. 
  3. There are now 26 pairs of pegs with loops.  All even numbered pegs are empty and will remain empty for the remainder of pattern.

Round 64: With Color B wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 4 bottom loops over the top 1 loop of INSIDE loom; 1 loops remains.

Round 65: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 3 bottom loops over the top loop of OUTSIDE loom; 1 loop remains.

Round 66: With Color B wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of INSIDE loom.

Round 67: With Color A wrap the loom as for stockinette st.  Knit 2 bottom loops over the top loop of OUTSIDE loom; 1 loop remains.

Rounds 68-71: Repeat Rounds 66-67 two times ending after Round 67. 

Knit over all loops on the inside loom so that only 1 loop remains on every other peg. Break Color B leave a 6-9” tail.

Now bring the loops from the inside loom to the outside loom so that there are 2 loops on every other peg on the outside loom. Knit over all loops on the outside loom. Break Color A, leaving a 12” long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, taking the hat off the loom and drawing up the top of the hat. 

Gently gather top of hat. Go around top of hat once more and secure tight closure. Tie and knot to inside of hat. Weave in yarn tails.

Bind off at beginning anchor yarn:  With the crochet hook, pick up both loops of one rib at yarn tail.  Pull one thru the other.  Pick up the next loop of the next rib, and pull one closest to hook thru the other.  Do this loosely around the entire brim of the hat.  Once complete, knot the last loop with yarn tail and weave in ends.  Gently pull out the anchor yarn to remove.

Optional: Make and sew on a two-color pom pom. Try a removable one with a button and reverse your hat. One side has cables and the other is the opposite color with no cables!

twisted brioche slouchy tam with pom pom
Hat shown with optional pom pom.

PIN IT!

twisted brioche slouchy tam pin image

Twisted Brioche Slouchy Tam Video Tutorial

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Counter clockwise



Clockwise

Reminder: If you’re working clockwise, the pattern instructions for the Cable Twist Brioche 1 and 2 need to be reversed. Change Right to Left and Left to Right.


If you like the Twisted Brioche Slouchy Tam, try these other patterns on the Rotating Double Knit Loom:

Brioche Accent Cowl
Double Knit Rib Brim Hat
Double Knit Mittens
Double Knit Cable Hat
Double Knit Alternate Rib Hat

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About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the owner of GoodKnit Kisses whose mission is to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal online community of followers by sharing her personal passion for loom knitting, needle knitting, crochet and all things creative through YouTube tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and pattern design. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
One Comment
  1. I’m so excited about this but have to purchase the loom. Thanks for always being so gracious with us loom lovers by sharing your tips and patterns.

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